Monday, September 29, 2014

Sailing along Sardinia's West coast




My niece Ina and her friend Pauli came on board on September 22nd to experience some serious sailing.



So we sailed south with northerly winds to the Golfo di Oristano, where we anchored for the night.











Next day we continued to Carloforte, where we moored at Marina Sifredi and savoured a variety of exiting fish dishes at Pescheria Sandolo - Gastronomia del Mare.









Early in the morning we started tacking back north against nice northwesterly winds as far as Tharros, where we anchored at nearly midnight.







Using the same fair wind we reached Bosa on September 26th, where we moored at Nautica Pinna and had a good meal at Da Giancarlo e Rita at Hotel Mannu.








In nice weather but no wind we motored to Capo Caccia, rounded Isolotto Foradada and Cala d'Inferno and finally anchored for a nice swim in Cala de Bollo in the bay of Porto Conte.

After a good breakfast and intensive swimming we finished this cruise at Marina Aquatica in Alghero and celebrated at Mabrouk with their famous 12 course fish dinner.










We sailed 237sm in 45 hours. You may download our track to view with Google Earth here or view it directly on Google Maps.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Olbia via Bonifacio to Alghero




With my experienced sailing companion Kurt we left Olbia tacking against a fresh northerly breeze and spent a windy night at anchor in Cala Granu.


Early next morning we continued tacking in fine weather and northerly winds around Maddalena archipelago to Santa Teresa di Gallura, where we had a good dinner at Pape Satan.

Finally in the evening our second crew Aaron Kaplan came on board - exhausted from a long odyssey in search for his Alitalia lost luggage.
After a refreshing morning swim at Cala Spinosa northeast of Capo Testa we sailed north to Bonifacio, where we visited the old city and her beautiful surroundings and had a good dinner at Cantina Doria.

Next morning after cleaning the ashes from last night's fireworks and refueling we continued to Cala Fazziolu for a swim and then Cala Paragnanu for the night.





On September 10th we sailed southwest to Stintino, where we had a nice fish menu at Da Antonio.




Next morning we sailed to Asinara and spent the night at a bouy in Cala Ponte Bianco. We rounded Pta dello Scorno early next day and sailed 55sm south to Capo Caccia and anchored in Cala del Bollo.





On September 13th we finally moored at Aquatica Marina in Alghero harbor.






We sailed 215sm in 50 hours. You may download our track to view with Google Earth here or view it directly on Google Maps.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sailing with my grandson Jonas




On Saturday, August 23rd my grandson Jonas came on board  together with his parents Matthias and Isa and their friends Steffi, Vicky and Phillip. Jonas was soon comfortable in his small world on board with his age of 16 months.













So we left Olbia for Cala Coda Cavallo, where we spent two nights at anchor and Jonas had his first beach and sea adventures. Next day Jonas and the rest of us visited the beach in Porto Taverna and enjoyed a bumpy ride with our dinghy and the new Torqeedo electric outboard engine through high waves back on board.













In the afternoon we sailed northwest to Portisco harbor. On August 29th we tacked to Porto Liccia, where we spent two nights at anchor with intensive swimming.







Weather forecast claimed heavy winds, so we sailed back to Olbia and spent two nights moored in Circolo Nautico di Olbia and Steffi, Vicky and Phillip left us for Vienna.


On September 2nd weather was fine again and we sailed back north to Porto Palma in the south of Isola Caprera, where we met our friends Gabi and Gerald of S/Y Viva Mare and stayed for two nights at a convenient mooring bouy.




Finally we sailed back to Olbia spending a last night in Porto Taverna en route.
In Olbia we celebrated Jonas first cruise at Ristorante Da Paolo.

Jonas had enjoyed his first cruise, he and his parents left after 14 happy days on board.




We sailed 133sm in 35 hours. You may download our track to view with Google Earth here or view it directly on Google Maps.